Close banner

Support Outside Online

Love Outside?

Help fund our award-winning journalism with a contribution today.

Contribute to Outside
HealthTraining & Performance

What's the world's best stretch?

What is the best stretch for cardio and weight-lifting workouts? Brandon Mosul, Iraq


For many of us who sit on our butts all day long (at the desk or in a car), the “Forward Lunge Elbow-to-Instep Stretch," a.k.a. “The World's Greatest Stretch," is incredibly useful to help counteract the stress placed on your body in a seated position. Sitting destroys your posture. Your shoulders slouch. Your hips sink forward. And your flexibility and mobility decrease, as a result.

The World's Greatest Stretch calls on all the muscles from your hips to your shoulders to provide stability. It challenges your balance, loosens your hips, and engages muscles on the backside of your body, like your glutes, which can actually “turn off," or stop contracting effectively, from sitting for too long too often. It also stretches your calves, hamstrings, back and shoulders.

Seeing how much it accomplishes, it's no wonder the World's Greatest Stretch is so complicated. Watch this video to learn how to perform it right.

-- Nick Anthony, performance specialist, Athletes' Performance

Support Outside Online

Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.

Contribute to Outside
Filed To: Strength and Power TrainingEndurance TrainingFlexibility